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Steps To A Custom Designed Home

SCHEMATIC DESIGN PHASE

1. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
The following documents are needed before the Designer can commence on a Schematic Design:

bulletCompleted Client’s Requirements Form
bulletThe Lot Plan showing boundaries, north arrow/direction of orientation (for computing sun angles), and lot dimensions drawn to a specified scale;
bulletThe Topographic Survey (if your lot is sloping or not flat);
bulletThe Community Building Restrictions (for deed-restricted communities)
bulletIt will be useful if you can give copies of photographs taken from the center of your lot. Please rotate about 45 degrees after you take each shot. It will allow us to create a 360-degree panorama of views from your lot. This is important to make certain that windows and rooms are placed for the best views. In addition, some photos of homes in the area will help us to get a sense of the architectural environment. If this is inconvenient for you to do, we can arrange for a photo service that will do it.

2. DRAWINGS INCLUDED
You will receive an email from the Designer with an estimate of the design fees for the Schematic Design services, which will include:

bulletSchematic Floor Plans (in a computer drawn AutoCAD program)
bullet1 Significant Elevation, usually The Front Elevation/ Facade. In some cases e.g. Waterfront Properties, the most significant elevation is the side facing the water. This elevation will be computer-rendered.

Our Standard Quality Design Service gives you a completed Schematic Design in 5 weeks.

Size Of House* Cost per Square Foot of Covered Area
5,000 square feet & above $ 0.95 per square foot
3,000 to 4,999 square feet $ 1.15 per square foot
2,000 to 2,999 square feet $ 1.35 per square foot

Our New Express Design Service gives you a completed Schematic Design in just TWO (2) WEEKS.

Size Of House* Cost per Square Foot of Covered Area
5,000 square feet & above $ 1.25 per square foot
3,000 to 4,999 square feet $ 1.45 per square foot
2,000 to 2,999 square feet $ 1.65 per square foot

3. AGREEMENT
We will send the Schematic Design Agreement. After you have signed it, send the original signed copy with the check for the initial payment.

Note: Schematic Design Fees are paid 50% in advance and the balance after submission of the floor plan to you (but before the front elevation design is created).

4. THE FLOOR PLANS
After receiving the signed Agreement and first payment, we will begin work on the floor plans and will present the scheme within 30 to 45 days. We will create a password-protected web site where we will upload the plans for your project. You will be able to view the plans online, download them, and make comments while they are being developed.

After reviewing the plans, please make any suggestions for changes that will make your home more comfortable for you.

5. FACADE ELEVATION DESIGN
After you have approved the Final Floor Plan Design, the payment of the second 50% is due. We will now create the computer-rendered First Elevation/ Facade. 

The image on the right is an example of a computer-rendered elevation.

THE CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS SET OPTION

6. REMAINING 3 ELEVATIONS & ROOF DESIGN
The remaining elevations and roof design are included in the production of the Construction Drawings Set. However, in instances where we will not be the design service preparing the Construction Drawings Set, we can create the remaining 3 elevations and roof design in order to complete the Design Development. This is done after an architectural motif has already been established and after the approval of the Front Elevation. The fee for producing the 3 elevations with the roof design is $0.50 USD/ square foot of floor area "under roof". For SLOPING LOTS or IRREGULAR LOTS: the cost is $0.55 USD/ square foot of floor area "under roof" when ordering side and rear elevations package. 

7. CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS SET
After you have reviewed the Schematic Design and made any revisions that you need, the next step is to produce the Construction Drawings Set. The Construction Drawings Set are drawn in AutoCAD format. A "Construction Drawings Set" includes detailed floor plans, all exterior elevations (4 sides), typical wall sections/ building cross sections, site development plan, roof plan/ design, door and window schedule, schedule of finishes, electrical/ lighting layout, stair schematic details, and reflected ceiling plans. These are the information needed when applying for a building permit.

Fees for Standard Service production of Architectural Construction Drawings: $ 2.00 per square foot of covered area. Estimated time to completion is 6 weeks.

Fees for Express Service production of Architectural Construction Drawings: $ 3.00 per square foot of covered area. Estimated time to completion is 2 weeks.

THE ENHANCED GRAPHICS OPTION

8. COMPUTER-GENERATED 3D PERSPECTIVE RENDERINGS, ANIMATIONS, WALK-THROUGHS
click on the images to view sample animations (broadband users only)

You also have the option of having the perspective (3D Views) created by photo-realistic computer modeling. In addition, we can create animated fly-overs and walk-throughs that will allow you to "feel" your home before it is built. This can save a lot of money in the long run, since it minimizes the chance of expensive builder errors. However, there is a fee for this service, which we will quote to you based on the complexity of your design.

 

The cost for producing 3D Perspective Rendering is:

bulletFrom 2D Cad Files: starts at $600 USD
bulletFrom Hand-Rendered Drawings: starts at $1200 (plus you get the 2D files as well)

The cost for producing an Exterior Animation or Interior Walk-through is:

From 2D Cad files: starts at $1200

Special orders such as computer generated perspectives; fly-overs and walk-throughs require payment in advance. We subcontract this work to Third parties.

THE INTERIOR DESIGN OPTION

9. INTERIOR DESIGN DETAILS
The final phase is the Interior Design/Details Phase. This is optional. The Interior Design Drawings will include the design of cabinetry, stairs, railings, lighting design, reflected ceiling design, floor tile patterns, grille works design, closet design, special dividers, etc. Interior design fees can be based on a square foot or per project basis.

We know that all of this may seem complicated, but don't worry. Our job is to make it all simple for you. Just relax and watch the design of your new home take shape!

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...making your dream home a reality!

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